12 SEPTEMBER 2005

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The Prince of Wales has welcomed a new daughter-in-law after his stepson Tom Parker Bowles, 31, tied the knot with Harpers & Queen fashion writer Sara Buys. Despite the clouds that gathered over Rotherfield Greys in Oxfordshire on Saturday, nothing could dampen the spirits of the congregation gathered in St Nicholas Church to witness the couple's big day.

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Prince William and Prince Harry, both dapper in sharp morning suits, joined their father Charles and stepmother Camilla at the event. But even the presence of Britain's most popular royals couldn't detract attention from the 32-year-old bride, who drew gasps from onlookers when she arrived in a stunning cream creation by Alexander McQueen.

Afterwards the newlyweds welcomed 400 friends and loved ones to a reception in the country estate owned by Sara's father. Joanna Lumley, Hugh Grant and Mick Jagger were among the guests enjoying vintage champagne and oysters before tucking into an impressive six-tiered wedding cake.

Tom and Sara weren't the only ones taking a trip down the aisle over the weekend, as several other British celebs were likewise making their vows. Catwalk queen Jodie Kidd was looking similarly radiant when she said "I do" to dot-com millionaire Aidan Butler and TV presenter Kate Garraway was also celebrating after wedding psychotherapist Derek Draper. Glamour model Jordan meanwhile called upon a Cinderella-style carriage drawn by six white horses as she arrived for her wedding to pop star Peter Andre.

Tom Parker Bowles, Sara Buys, Prince Charles, Prince Harry, Prince William, Camilla Parker Bowles

The newlyweds leave St Nicholas Church after making their vows. Tom and Sara were congratulated by some 400 guests at the reception held in her father's country estate
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Princes William and Harry arrive for the ceremony in Rotherfield Greys
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